Machining Fundamentals

Mark Your Future with Manufacturing

Machining is the hidden backbone to every field and industry. Whether producing the final product acquired by the consumer or making the machines that produce the final products – machinists have touched it all. You’re in the right place if you’re looking to get into this rapidly growing industry! Rochester is known as one of the most highly technical machining-based cities in the nation. With over 1,500 manufactures in the area, these companies are looking for a workforce with a skillful eye, the ability to measure parts with precision, and utilize many highly technical and advanced machines that employ specialized production techniques. This in-demand field is both challenging and exciting. 

Machining Fundamentals Certificate Program

If you’re wondering if this trade is for you, this 10-week certificate course is the perfect place to start. Learn the basics of machining and the fundamental skills to move your career path forward in this indispensable industry. This evening course will cover topics such as blueprint reading, machine shop math, drilling, tapping, and reaming. Receive your industry recognized OSHA-10 certificate and gain experience operating the Lathe, Mill, and basics of CNC Machining. The program also provides a hybrid learning model that blends skill-building in the machine lab with remote learning hours that can count toward an apprenticeship. This course was created to enable you to maintain employment during that day while completing this program. You will get the opportunity to see if machining is the right fit for you, receive training in the essential aspects of the occupation, open doors with local employers, and build connections that will set you on a pathway for a successful career. 

Employment Outlook: Entry level Machinist, Tool/Die Maker, Mold Maker, Related Instruction towards Apprenticeship
  • Machinists: 2.6% projected growth in jobs from 2021-2031 in the Finger Lakes region
  • Median Finger Lakes region salary: $46,910 per year (in 2021)
  • Source: NYS Department of Labor
Program Requirements:
  • 18 years of age or older
  • successful completion of TABE entrance assessment
  • HS diploma recommended, not required (note: employers may require a high school diploma)
Tuition: $1,975 (Scholarship available for first 10 applicants - Tuition only $99)

  • Spring: 1/31/23 – 04/20/23
    • Orientation: January 26th, 5:30 p.m. @ WEMOCO (3589 Big Ridge Rd, Spencerport NY 14559)
Class Schedule: Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:00 - 8:00 pm

Program Length: 10 Weeks: 60 Hrs In-Person, 30 Hrs Remote Learning

Location: BOCES 2 Career & Technical Education Center (WEMOCO) 3589 Big Ridge Road, Spencerport, NY 14559

What will I learn?

Course Content
  • Machine Shop Safety
  • Lathe & Mill
  • Compressed Air Steam Engine Project (CASE)
  • Precision Measurements
  • Drilling, Tapping, Reaming
  • Introduction to CNC Machining
  • Industry Opportunities and Networking with Area Employers
OSHA 10 Certification
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) 10-hour training will help educate workers to predict, prevent, identify and stop possible common worksite hazards, and is required for many industry careers,

Student Support and Academic services
  • Access to student support advisors, who can provide career advisement and referral services
  • Access to academic, employability and interviewing support
  • Access to employer networks

How do I enroll?

Admission Procedures
When you are ready to apply, registration for Career Training Programs requires successful completion of the entrance assessment, and satisfactory arrangement of payment of tuition. An automated email confirming registration will be sent to your email. The entire admission process must be completed before enrollment is confirmed.
  1. Complete a contact card and register for an Entrance Assessment: Once you submit the contact card, you'll receive an email (check your spam!). Use the link in the email to register for an Entrance Assessment.
  2. Complete an entrance assessment to determine your program eligibility. Your score on the assessment helps determine the level of support you may need to be successful in the program.
  3. Secure funding. You may choose to meet with an advisor to discuss funding options.
Tuition Assistance options for this program include:
* Pfrengle Scholarship - application available at the entrance assessment
*Funding grants available through RochesterWorks! for eligible applicants Click here for RochesterWorks Services for Adults
*Other local tuition assistance

Get Started Today!

Complete a contact card to connect with an advisor, learn more about the program, and complete an application